Highway 9 Records Signs Poverty Level to Recording Contract

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Highway 9 Record’s executive producer Brian Johnson today announced that the label has reached an agreement with Marietta, GA-based band Poverty Level to record, market, and distribute the band’s original music. Poverty Level is the second artist signed to the Highway 9 Records label since its launch in February 2013.

Poverty Level members are lead singer Phillip Bridges, guitar players John “JD” Hopkins and Mason Coates, and drummer Craig Clontz. Hopkins also plays fiddle, and is the band’s primary songwriter. Bridges, Hopkins, and Clontz have been together as part of the band since 2009, with Coates joining them in 2011. All of the band members originally hail from western Virginia and moved together to the Atlanta area last year to pursue their musical ambitions. The band has established a great reputation and solid local following with their groovy rock-jam style of Americana, featuring great vocal harmonies and sizzling string work throughout.

“We have been working long and hard toward this moment, and are thrilled to be able to take the next steps forward with Highway 9,” said Poverty Level’s Bridges. “Highway 9 offers the skills, resources, effort, and perspective we need to share our music with more of the world than we have been able to do on our own. We are ready to work hard with Brian and Heber to make it all happen.”

Poverty Level will record much of their music under their agreement with Highway 9 Records at Lucky Dog Studios in Alpharetta, GA. The band will also employ the assistance of both Highway 9 Record’s Heber Pampillon (Mother Nature’s Son, Kickin’ Valentina) and John Maskew (Grammy-award winning audio engineer on ‘Ah Yeah’, a song on Robert Glasper’s 2012 album “Black Radio”) on certain tracks.

Poverty Level was one of five north Georgia artists to appear on Highway 9 Record’s recently released compilation EP, “The Best of Roswell Tap. “ The album is available online at iTunes, Amazon Music, Google Play, CD Baby, and many other outlets.

About Highway 9 Records
Highway 9 Records is an Alpharetta, GA-based independent record label focusing on producing debut or early phase professional recordings for emerging and developmental artists, as well as helping those artists establish and build core audiences. The label was founded in February 2013 by executive producer Brian Johnson and director of artist development Heber Pampillon. Interested artists should contact Brian Johnson at[email protected] or 770-289-2110. Learn more about the label at www.highway9records.com.

About Lucky Dog Studios
Alpharetta, GA-based Lucky Dog Studios features the Pro Tools 10 digital audio workstation with an Apogee Symphony I/O, LA 610 mic pre-amp, C|24 control surface and a great collection of mics, plug-ins and acoustic instruments (including a Yamaha G2 baby grand) in their 1200 square foot facility. Please call 770-753-0322 for rates and studio availability. Veteran sound engineer and musician Joe Kay of Got My Groove Productions (www.gotmygroove.com) is lead engineer at Lucky Dog. Learn more about the studio at www.theluckydogstudios.com.

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Caitlin Malcuit

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